Help with my violin! Unwanted resident.
I had a very awkward problem everyone.
I play my violin daily, it's a passion I came to late, but am making up for lost time. I leave it on a hook on my wall, so I can play without taking it in and out of my case.
I had a spider move in between yesterday and today... It's made a web inside the violin under the bridge by the sound post... How do I get it gone!
Thank you all!
I wonder if it'll affect the sound so much. Befriend it and accept it as a part of the family maybe?
I've heard of people cleaning the inside of a violin using dry rice. You could try that, swooshing it around and then pouring it out the f hole. Seems like the least drastic move and if a good way to dislodge the spider.
Time to play a Tarantella!
I love Rocky's sense of humor.
This is my nightmare. My viola would very probably die if I was playing along and a spider poked it's head out of the F hole.
You'll have to burn it. At least, that's what I'd do!
Vac it out if you are not a Buddhist.
Burning sounds like a perfectly reasonable response.
Keep it; perhaps it will eat the bow mites!
Depending on the size of the spider, it may be necessary to burn down the entire house.
"Vac it out if you are not a Buddhist."
Or maybe you just solve it in acid.
I suspect that the spider will soon find a new hole to dwell in, unless it finds that the exposure to the soundvibrations benefits it as a spider.
Don't ask Little Miss Muffet. She is a wimp.
Actually as far as I know spiders are quite intelligent and self-aware so you can try politely asking it to leave, too.
Yehudi Menuhin said to use some dry, uncooked rice to clean the inside of a violin. I agree with Marc that this would most likely dislodge the spider.
You may need to bring in a specialist: a luthier with a degree in entomology.
Yes, a specialist, by all means. You don't want the curse of Shelob upon you, so be kind to the spider.
For this rice cleaning method, how much do you use? A tablespoon?
This scares me ... in the room where I practice there are no spider, only centipedes now and then! That would be a nasty thing to come crawling out of one's f-hole. Fortunately they are extremely dim creatures and will never figure out how to find their way to my violin hanging on its wall hook.
That spider is likely to be a female, and if left to her own devices will breed ...
Make sure you cook the rice thoroughly before putting it into your instrument.
If it is Italian, use risotto instead.
If it is an Australian spider burn down the neighbourhood just to be safe
Perhaps there are flies in your fiddle. Why else would a spider move in? Before you burn the house down, or the neighbourhood, listen for a buzz.
While on a trip to Memphis,TN many years ago in a violin shop I was visiting, I watched the luthier use a vacuum cleaner to remove some debris and cobwebs from a violin a customer had brought in. He had a rubber bumper that attached to the end of the nozzle and would gently hover it over the f-hole. I asked him if it would be safe to use a similar method on my wife's dulcimer that had gotten a bit of packing foam dust inside it. He said there is no chance of damage or injury to the instrument, just don't allow contact with it. He said in lieu of the rubber bumper, just place a finger between the vacuum nozzle and the instrument. He has used rice but commented on how hard some people have getting all of the grains out, not to mention the rice dust. He thought this was much safer than some people jiggling their valued Instrument upside down and around to remove rice. I used his method and it worked great.
The small vacuum cleaners that IT technicians use for cleaning the insides of computers may be worth considering. Computers have many delicate bits and pieces which must be treated with care.
Let's not get too extreme here, remember the fate of the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!
Just play it like a cello until the spider leaves.
Play that scene from Orpheus in the Underworld.
my violin had an old termite nest in it.. my luthier shook it up and then in my house i took it out with some old nose pliers